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Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Popocatépetl volcano eruptions:
1345-47, 1354, 1363(?), 1488, 1504, 1509(?), 1512, 1518, 1519-23(?), 1528, 1530, 1539-40, 1542, 1548, 1571, 1580, 1590, 1592-94, 1642, 1663-65, 1666-67, 1697, 1720, 1802-04, 1827(?), 1834(?), 1852(?), 1919-22, 1923-24, 1925-27(?), 1933, 1942-43, 1947, 1994-95, 1996-2003, 2004-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes. Plinian eruptions at intervals of several centuries or few thousands of years, vulcanian and strombolian activity in intermittent phases.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EMS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wed, 6 Jan 2021, 00:30
00:30 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 00:19 UTC, 06/01/21 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20210106/0015Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2021/022

INFO SOURCE: GOES-16. WEBCAM. NWP MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 05/2351Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1919 W09755 - N1903 W09756
- N1900 W09838 - N1904 W09837 - N1919 W09755 MOV
E 15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 06/0600Z SFC/FL210 N1912 W09732
- N1856 W09732 - N1900 W09838 - N1905 W09838 -
N1912 W09732

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 06/1200Z SFC/FL210 N1907
W09732 - N1850 W09732 - N1901 W09837 - N1906
W09837 - N1907 W09732

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 06/1800Z SFC/FL210 N1906
W09837 - N1900 W09731 - N1839 W09732 - N1901
W09839 - N1906 W09837

RMK: CONS VA EMS SEEN IN STLT AND WEBCAM AND
EXTDG ARND 50 NM E OF SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE
INDICATES A CONT E-LY MOV THRU T+6 HRS AND A MORE
SE-LY MOV BY T+12 AND T+18 HRS. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20210106/0615Z

Previous news

Background:

Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano.  The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 250-450 m deep crater.  The generally symmetrical volcano is modified by the sharp-peaked Ventorrillo on the NW, a remnant of an earlier volcano. 
At least three previous major cones were destroyed by gravitational failure during the Pleistocene, producing massive debris-avalanche deposits covering broad areas south of the volcano.  The modern volcano was constructed to the south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone.  Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 AD, have occurred from Popocatépetl since the mid Holocene, accompanied by pyroclastic flows and voluminous lahars that swept basins below the volcano.  Frequent historical eruptions, first recorded in Aztec codices, have occurred since precolumbian time.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


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